Technology Paul Heinz wrote a thoughtful essay on Lost Arts. It is a riff on all of those things that we used to be able to do. Now, technology has changed things, mostly for the better, but it is fun to wax nostalgic.
Marketing: Mental Floss has a good article on the marketing of the movie Coraline. Lots of good tidbits here, but what hit me most was the viral marketing campaign around the alphabet cards.
Ethics: Freakonomics looks at the law of unintended consequences in two articles and how it affects the disabled.
Behind the Scenes: On my list of all time favorite movies is Raiders of the Lost Ark. A transcript of the story conference between George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Lawrence Kasdan (the writer) has been posted to the web. Lots of interesting examples on how creative people think and then execute in the film.
Social Action: Here is an intriguing idea. If a complete stranger offered to donate money to charity if they could have dinner with you, would you accept? I love the way that Franke James tells this story. Why wouldn’t it work elsewhere?
Entrepreneurship: Paul Graham has another winner – Startups in 13 Sentences. Another look at ways to win with a new venture.
Fun: I have talked before about the TED conference. Check out what David Merrill from MIT can do with Siftables, a computerized tile, that he and his team have built.
Marketing: Over at the Startup Blog, there were some good ideas and resources about improving your results from using PR, by focusing your copy on terms that are search engine optimized.
Big Ideas: Yesterday I wrote about Matt Miller’s book, The Tyranny of Dead Ideas. One of his other assertions in the book hit me pretty hard. He talks about the Lower Upper class in America. The Lower Uppers are those at the lower end of the Upper class. Those professionals, doctors, architects, lawyers, senior corporate executives and the like have been told all their life that the world is a meritocracy – you will earn in accordance with your merit. The financial meltdown has dealt these folks a different reality. When they see hedge fund managers making billions personally while losing their client’s funds, when they see corporate executives like Bob Nardelli take home hundreds of millions of dollars from Home Depot while not moving the stock price at all, when they see Stan O’Neal rewarded with a severance package worth over a hundred million while leaving Merrill Lynch in a position where it had to be sold — these Lower Uppers, to use a line from the movie Network, are” mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.” Matt wrote a column in the Daily Beast where he talks about the positive things that might come out of this.